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Class in the 21st century: Asset inflation and the new logic of inequality

16 Sep , 2019  

What becomes of class when residential property prices in major cities around the world accrue more income in a year than the average wage worker? This paper investigates the dynamic of combined wage disinflation and asset price inflation as a key to understanding the growth of inequality in recent decades. ...

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Deleuze/Guattari and quantum finance

13 Sep , 2019  

Deleuze/Guattari invite us to apply at least three models of thought to the theoretical analysis of economics, by tracing the image of the current that, in their view, articulates each model. It is only the third, the molecular-performative model, that correctly stages the force of thought. (Laruelle contrasts the concept ...

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Capital and Power in the 21st Century (Extract)

10 Sep , 2019  

The world economy is currently in a phase of secular stagnation with persistently low growth rates of the real gross domestic product.1 The litanies of boundless economic growth that the representatives of capital and the imperialist states repeatedly prayed to the populations after the Second World War have literally come ...

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Speculative Capital in the 21th Century

4 Sep , 2019  

1) The derivative is not something you hold in your hands like a book. It is essentially relational, but rather, it is a relation of relations. First, it is about the volatility of the derivative in relation to the volatility of the underlying. The decisive factor in the replication of ...

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Why even do political finance with Deleuze?

13 Aug , 2019  

Any heterodox project is compelled to begin by articulating a problem or set of problems it proposes to address (otherwise why heterodoxically begin at all?). When studying finance at our present moment, the particular problem to which we are alerted is a political economic problem whose particularity Deleuze as a ...

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THE SPECULATIVE CAPITAL (3)

29 Jul , 2019  

Nothing exemplifies the constitution of the market and motivations today more than speculation. The drive to permanently generate this type of derivative bet, which has marked the Euro-American financial markets since the 1970s, would never have been able to circulate in these vast dimensions unless there was a specific derivative framework: ...

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THE SPECULATIVE CAPITAL (2)

28 Jul , 2019  

LiPuma examines in a further section the various institutions of speculative capital. The first area is commercial and investment banks speculating on the derivatives markets. These companies have in-house hedge funds that speculate on corporate capital, that is, shareholder capital, using leveraged strategies to increase shareholder value. Other players include the independent hedge ...

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THE SPECULATIVE CAPITAL (1)

26 Jul , 2019  

Here we present in three parts a preliminary report to the book The Speculative Capital , which contains the first comprehensive study of a new form of capital that dominates the economies of the 21st century. In this report, we often refer to LiPuma’s book The Social Life of Financial Derivatives: ...

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THE AGE OF SPECULATIVE CAPITAL AND GLOBAL CIRCULATION FIGHTS

25 Jul , 2019  

Michel Feher claims in his new book, Rated Agency, that capitalized capitalism, which started in 1970, is akin to a Copernican revolution in that the new regime of capital accumulation no longer focuses on industrial companies based on vertical integration and internal growth, but on this regime both companies as ...

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SPECULATIVE TIME, DEBT AND CLASS POLITICS

21 Jul , 2019  

Many of the catchy testimonies of critical sociologists, ranging from Richard Sennett to Elena Esposito, are that the future is always some distance from the present, protected from the here and now and not as an economic resource in the world Present in the markets should be traded. The ...

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Human capital or toxic asset

24 Feb , 2019  

This is a sequence of reflections on affirmation and negation, on identification and severance: determinate negation as strategic affirmation, the identification of concrete universals and severance from a defunct relation. These lines will be explored with reference to the current situation of the waged and unwaged working class, most proximately ...

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